Eden Valley Art Project

A natural art gallery has been created in one of Britain’s prettiest rural environments – the woodland of east Cumbria.

Tawny Owl by Jean Wildish © VisitEngland

CANOPY in Eden Valley, east Cumbria is a project that uses trees from the abundant woodland to create a fitting exhibition space for unique art and crafts pieces to be displayed.

The project launches with Woollen Woods, a large-scale installation featuring knitted birds, felt bats and crochet dragonflies all nestled in trees around the National Trust property, Acorn Bank, creating an enchanting wonderland to explore. The artworks have been made by local artists as well as by public participants from all over the world, but each piece has been made using 100% wool, as a means of celebrating the wool craft industry in Britain.

Further CANOPY artworks will be created by emerging Cumbrian artists and students. These artworks will be displayed in trees at other locations throughout Eden Valley including Hutton-in-the-Forest, Dalemain House & Gardens, and Brough Castle.

On until November, CANOPY offers a brand new way of exploring Cumbria.